Vacationing…Part One…The Historic Mission Inn Hotel Riverside, California

Keep Calm and Carry On…

Arrival…

Hello, sweet friends…


I want to thank my husband Joe for encouraging me to take this trip to California. Solo

flying over San Francisco’s Bay…

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(A trip I don’t usually make this time of year) As it turned out…everything has been fabulous and fun! so far…(thanks Joe!)


Come on let me show you around the place!

I thought I would share the trip in three parts…

Take out from the bar only…
Presidential Lounge





A view from my balcony…

beginning with my stay at the Historic Mission Inn Hotel located in Riverside, California.

One of many stained glass windows around the Inn…

Today’s post will show photos of the hotel and surrounding area. I hope you enjoy them!


St. Francis Chapel where Joe and I were married

The Historic Mission Inn occupies an entire city block in the heart of downtown Riverside.


To it’s guests and to the people of Riverside, the Mission Inn has always meant more than simply bed, bath and board.

It is a creative collection of arcades… gardens… flying buttresses…spiraling staircases… catacombs and towers.

It is also fine art and Spanish cannons, stained-glass and ceramic tile saints and dragons, bells and wrought iron.

The pool area…lapping in the life of luxury

No doubt the Mission Inn is seen by many locals as the revitalization of the downtown area.

Balcony view from bedroom…
I spotted a cat stretching on the canvas patio awning…
Preparing for the Celebration of Lights Festival…
Evening…


With it’s illustrious history as a home away from home for world leaders…celebrities…and discerning travelers who seek a luxurious and classically elegant place of refuge & renewal (moi)

To be continued…

Next stop a Downton Abbey Tea…

What I wear for a Downton Abbey Tea…

Marcia
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An Autumn Tea…Part Two

A Teatime Blessing🍂

Lord grant that our time together be steeped in serenity, sweetened by sharing, and surrounded by the warm fragrance of your love.

Amen

Hello, sweet friend…


This week I wanted to share with you the menu from a recent tea I hosted…


(and just incase you missed it click on the link)…http://www.marciascottagebythesea.com/an-autumn-tea-part-one/

Showing off one of my seasonal trees…I love the Fall twinkle lights!

I had originally planned to prepare all the food myself...

Thought about making these too…(you can tell by the photo…it’s getting late)

However…as the week had been a little cray cray…

I opted instead to prepare just a few things…and purchase everything else. (trust me your guests will love anything you give them!)

Menu For an Afternoon Tea


Mini spinach quichefound in the frozen section at grocery store

Pest0 swirls…delicious & easy…

Artichoke & Parmesan swirls…Just warm & serve…

Blueberry scones from the bakery…

Serve with love…

Homemade cucumber cream cheese & egg salad sandwiches
a variety of chocolates and fudge from bakery

Kindness…

special cinnamon holiday loose leaf tea…
Oops…meant to take a before photo…(but I got to chatting away)

and a big smile…

The final tablescape…notice the small white chocolate Fall decor sitting on tea saucer

Devonshire Mock Cream

1 cup heavy cream not pasteurized

One 8 ounce softened cream cheese

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

beat ingredients together in a bowl.

It mixes together quickly.

Serves 12

Sorry for the dark lighting…my neighbor dropped by for a visit…and it was getting late when she left…

Egg Salad Sandwiches

Two-six hard-boiled eggs, chopped fine

1/2 -1 cup mayonnaise (I use vegenaise) salt & pepper to taste

1 teaspoon chives, finally chopped

8 thin slices white or wheat bread butter

Mix mayonnaise with eggs, chives, salt, and pepper. Spread each slice of bread with a thin layer of butter. Divide the egg salad among four slices of bread; top with the rest of the bread. Trim the crusts and cut each sandwich into three parallel sections to make finger slices. Refrigerate or keep it in a cooler until right before serving time.

Cucumber Sandwiches

Cucumber sandwiches are perhaps most commonly associated with an afternoon tea.

1-2 cucumbers peel cucumbers and slice very thin. Sprinkle slices the salt and drain on paper towels. Spread white bread and unsalted butter layer of cream cheese layer cucumbers no more than 1/4 inch high. Cut into desired shapes.

Chocolate dipped strawberries…

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

12 strawberries

6 ounces semi sweet chocolate discs (or milk or white chocolate)

Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 3 second increments stirring in between ( I actually melted the chocolate over the stove) Dry the strawberries with a paper towel and dip them in the melted chocolate allowing any extra chocolate to drip off before placing the strawberries on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let strawberries sit into completely hardened before serving.

All cleaned up…just need to put final trimmings away…

The afternoon was delightful. It was fun for me to invite friends over for an afternoon tea.
And now…

Time to start packing for a vacation…

Up up and away…

A gal’s get away…

To be continued…

Happy November!🍁🍂

Marcia
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An Autumn Tea…Part One


“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are October’s”

Anne of Green Gables

-L.M. Montgomery


Hello, sweet friend…

Fall…
A string of lights just arrived…

Since moving into our new home…


hand embroidered tablecloth given by a friend…

I knew that there would be many gatherings…here

Dahlias & pumpkins…


so not too long ago…

I began planning…

Gifts for my guests…Fall earrings…

playing really

One of the trees Joe brought up from the basement

with the preparations…

For an Autumn Tea

I think the preparations are the most enjoyable part…

of any endeavor we take on in life…

I love my Fall seasonal trees…

Planning the details…
anticipating how things will evolve with time…

I found some raffia & swirled it around the tree…


Meet Oliver…the neighbor’s adorable cat 🍁
Mix & match it all!
Almost ready…but…not quite yet…
A second Fall tree for the living room…

choosing the decor…

Hard boiled eggs for tea sandwiches…(I ate one😉)

deciding on what to serve…
and what to wear…

Sunlight coming through the kitchen…

To be continued…

Marcia
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A Day in The Life…


“Great people do things before they are ready. They do things before they know they can” -Amy Poehler

Hello, sweet friend…

How are things going?

Adding an angel plant to the guest room dresser

Sometimes I marvel how quickly a day passes…

do you?

This day marked 6 weeks in our new home

Discovering a fabulous paper mache pumpkin

I look back on the week…

October morning perfection…

Clippings from the garden….
Special walks…

discovering that many of my daily activities…

Cecil Bruner roses trimmed back…

are geared toward living more creatively…

Strolling the coast

The beginning of another day…

attempts at nurturing a vibrant…

Straightening up the garden shed…

and productive life.

What I wore…
Embracing the splendor of the season with a drive to a charming small town

Colors…

my handsome Joe💕
A glimpse at a cute hair salon

An epicurean experience partnered with eye candy…

One thing that makes Autumn special is the ever present changes occurring…

Freshening up a bouquet…
Taking in life’s sweetness…

making it the perfect moment in time…

Enjoy your weekend…

Marcia
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A Fall Home Tour (sort of) a Garden Tour (kind of) & a Great Quiche Recipe (for sure!)

“Trust the timing of your life” –anonymous

Hello, sweet friend…🍁


I hope you had a fabulous week…

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Sorry for such a long post title…
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Today is my 16th wedding anniversary and Joe & I are heading out of town to celebrate…
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However before we leave I just had to share about my week…

I’m wearing an adorable apron given by a friend…while standing next to gorgeous flower art given by another💕

several friends had dropped by for a visit…

to see our new home.

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I had been so excited because these ladies were some of the first friends I had met when moving to the Oregon Coast…

and the other visitor was a most recent new friend…



The prettiest bathroom of three







I think I found a space to hang my forever flowers…just a little over and up…


The best I can make the bed when Cami won’t move…


I had planned to serve coffee and pumpkin bread…but once we all started chatting…and touring…

I served the coffee..and forgot about the pumpkin bread...(no worries…because it’s a perfect excuse to have everyone back again!)

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And just one more thing before I go…I want to share the best quiche recipe ever…

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COACH’S QUICHE

INGREDIENTS

9 inch unbaked pie shell

10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach

one medium minced onion

five separated eggs

1 cup milk or half and half cream

8 ounce package cream cheese at room temperature

3/4 cup breadcrumbs

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup butter

one large canned mushroom pieces and stems

1 teaspoon tarragon leaves

salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400°. Have unbaked pie shell ready before beginning to prepare quiche batter. Cook spinach according to package directions; drain well. Sauté onion in butter until translucent.

Beat egg yolks until light. Add milk, Cream cheese, bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese, and beat well.

Add cooked spinach, onion, mushrooms, tarragon leaves, salt, and pepper. Wash beaters, then beat egg whites until firm.

Fold egg whites into above mixture And pour into above mixture. Bake until top is brown about 15 to 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° and bake until a knife blade inserted in center comes out clean (about 45 minutes to one hour).
Serves 6 to 8


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Ok…seriously…I’m really on my way out the door…just one more thing…I mean 2 more…

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Marcia
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